ACA Fail Fractal
Obama Admin Spends Billions to Help Health Care Providers Overbill
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  • crocodilechuck

    “This story doesn’t mean that electronic health records as a whole aren’t promising. The problem, rather, is that the ACA poured billions into a technology that hadn’t been fully tested. The problems with EHRs mostly spring from the failure of government agencies to carefully observe them in action on a smaller scale, and then to develop proper standards to make the technology effective on a larger scale. Pushing forward new programs or technologies before we fully understand how they work best is a textbook central-planning fail.” (snip)

    1) Really? Could the author of this post point to the data which shows that the technology ‘hadn’t been fully tested’? It does not exist in the article to which you link. If you know something we don’t please share it with us *

    2) And, btw, the US Federal Government ‘poured billions into a technology’. The ACA is legislation passed by the US Congress.

    3) Last ironic that Mead continually excoriates ‘the greens’ for wanting more exhaustive testing of new technologies such as GMO, before they are introduced to the public. But in this case, “Pushing forward new programs or technologies before we fully understand how they work best is a textbook central-planning fail”!

    * here’s a hint for Mead and his cadre of unpaid inkstained wretches: 50% of American medical doctors will retire in the next decade. Many of these are not ‘power users’ of information technology, and most don’t know how to touch type. Placing new IT in the doctor’s office, and expecting them to use it, in real time, whilst attending to patients, is a big part of the problem. They can’t.

  • Jim__L

    Can we say “riddled with incompetence”, boys and girls?

  • KenPrescott

    The problem isn’t the EHR. It’s the data entry, and that’s going to be some sort of problem whether or not we use paper or electronic records. I am a medical coder. We are aware of the copy/paste issue (we call it “cloning records”), and Medicare is aware of the issue as well (the IG’s office has identified it as a priority for this year’s audits).

    What’s interesting is that EHR cloning is also much easier to detect than a lot of paper record fraud–one simply searches the provider notes via computer and singles out the ones that have too much commonality across too many patients.

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